More Americans Now Believe Humans Evolved Without God

According to a new Gallup poll, the number of Americans who believe humans evolved without the involvement of a higher power has risen.

Reports Raw Story:

[S]ince 1982, the number of Americans believing that humans evolved over millions of years increased by seven percentage points.

The current figure - 16 percent - has trended upwards since 2000.

At the same time, the number of our fellow countrymen who believe God guided the process of human evolution has not changed (38%), and the number of those who reject human evolution full stop, believing that God created humans in present form, has only declined 4 percentage points (to 40%). "These views have been generally stable over the last 28 years....[T]hese shifts have not been large, and the basic structure of beliefs about human beings' origins is generally the same as it was in the early 1980s," according to the report.

Unsurprisingly, there's a strong partisan element to these beliefs:

More Republicans (52 percent) than Democrats (34 percent) and Independents (34 percent) tend to hold a creationist view, the report noted. More Democrats (40 percent) and Independents (39 percent) than Republicans (36 percent) hold an evolutionist view.

"Americans' attitudes about almost anything can and often do have political consequences," the report said. "Views on the origins of humans are no exception. Debates and clashes over which explanations for human origins should be included in school textbooks have persisted for decades."

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 20, 2010, 11:06am

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